Three Return from Risen Star
Updated w/ morning line
Girvin headlines next Saturday’s Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby, facing eight other sophomores.
Trained by Joe Sharp, Girvin exits a facile two-length win in last month’s Risen Star Stakes in his third career start. The son of Tale of Ekati had previously broken his maiden on the dirt in December before finishing second in the Keith Gee Memorial on turf. Brian Hernandez, Jr., who has been aboard for all three of Girvin’s lifetime starts, retains the call from post 8.
Two horses that followed Girvin home in the Risen Star will be back.
Guest Suite turned in a powerful effort to win the Lecomte Stakes in January before settling for fourth behind Girvin in the Risen Star. Robby Albarado has the return call on the son of Quality Road for trainer Neil Howard from post 6.
The Steve Asmussen-trained Local Hero impressed in an easy maiden win in his two-turn debut in January before stepping up to finish third in the Risen Star after setting a headstrong early tempo. Florent Geroux rides the Hard Spun colt from post 3.
Todd Pletcher entered a pair of Florida-based maiden winners.
Patch broke his maiden at second asking last month in a one-turn mile at Gulfstream Park after finishing a rallying second going six furlongs in his January debut over the same surface. Tyler Gaffalione picks up the mount on the Union Rags colt from the rail.
Monaco was sent to Tampa Bay Downs and broke his maiden by a widening 12 lengths in his third career start in February. He returns with the addition of blinkers for his first try in stakes company. Rajiv Maragh rides the son of Uncle Mo from post 5.
Ken McPeek sends out Senior Investment in his stakes debut off three consecutive races in which he has crossed the wire first. After breaking his maiden locally in late December, the son of Discreetly Mine was disqualified from a local win against first-level allowance company in January before clearing that condition last month. Channing Hill, who rode Senior Investment last time out, has the return call from post 4.
Dallas Stewart has been known to send out improving types late in the prep season with some success in years past, and will attempt to do the same with Hollywood Handsome, a late Triple Crown nominee. A maiden winner in the mud two starts back, the son of Tapizar rallied too late in his first try against winners, falling three-quarters of a length short against allowance company in February. Francisco Torres retains the mount from post 2.
The field is completed by the Keith Desormeaux-trained Sorry Erik (Kent Desormeaux, post 7), seventh in last month’s Risen Star, and the Joe Sharp-trained Hotfoot (James Graham, post 9).
1 Patch, 9-2
2 Hollywood Handsome, 12-1
3 Local Hero, 7-2
4 Senior Investment 12-1
5 Monaco 12-1
6 Guest Suite 4-1
7 Sorry Erik 30-1
8 Girvin 8-5
9 Hotfoot 30-1
Edited Fair Grounds release